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Development and Evaluation of Novel Treatment Approaches for Eating Disorders

Project: 7
Name: Adrienne Juarascio, PhD | asj32@drexel.edu
Department: Psychology

Description

Applicants are being sought for a research fellowship in the Drexel University Center for Weight, Eating and Lifestyle Science (WELL Center) under the mentorship of Adrienne Juarascio, PhD. Juarascio's Lab is conducting NIH-funded clinical trials in the areas of treatment outcome research for adults with eating and weight disorders, the use of acceptance-based behavioral approaches, and the use of smartphone app-based machine learning interventions as an adjunct to eating disorder treatment. This research lab is staffed by faculty, post-doctoral fellows, research coordinators, clinical psychology PhD students and undergraduate students, providing an environment rich in intellectual stimulation and mentorship.

Current projects in the lab include a randomized control trial (RCT) that proposes to develop, refine and test a smartphone based ecological momentary intervention system (CBT+) to be used as an adjunct to cognitive behavioral therapy for bulimia nervosa; a project utilizing continuous glucose monitoring the detect when patients have engaged in binge eating and purging behaviors; an RCT testing the effectiveness of an acceptance-based behavioral treatment for weight loss in individuals with binge eating disorder; and an pilot study utilizing fMRI to assess the effectiveness of an intervention designed to retrain reward dysfunction in individuals engaging in binge eating.

Gained Experience

This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in eating disorders research and to have exposure to both research and clinical tasks. The student will have exposure to many aspects of the research process, including grant writing, data collection and analysis. Additionally, the fellow would have the opportunity to shadow clinical assessments and therapeutic supervision meetings. The fellow will also have the opportunity to prepare a poster or abstract for a future conference.

Outcome

The research in the lab is expected to produce several publications, poster and oral presentations at conferences, and pilot data for future grant proposals.

Tasks

The research fellow will serve as a research assistant in the lab, assisting research coordinators and graduate students with various tasks, including scheduling participants, preparing study materials, entering and cleaning data, and assisting with assessments. Additionally, the fellow will attend lab meetings with the principal investigator, graduate students and research coordinators, as well as have the opportunity to be mentored to produce their own research project.

Location

Drexel Psychology department (Stratton Hall)

Possibility to Work Post Fellowship

Yes.